• Remove overhanging trees (not just branches), pine cones, needles, bushes, weeds and other flammable debris from under decks and within 15 feet of your home. 
  • Keep roof, chimney, gutters.. clear of  pine cones, needles, leaves and other flammable debris.
  • Never store a woodpile inside your garage or next to your home. Keep your woodpile at least 30 feet away! Not only is this a fire hazard, but woodpiles invite wood ants and rodents into your home.
  • In summer months keep a 100 foot garden hose attached. 
    Keep fire tools available; flashlight, shovel, rake, ladder.
  • Reduce density of trees and bushes within 30 feet of your home and cut branches 10 feet from the ground.
  • Remove obstacles, overhanging tree limbs, bushes and wires from your driveway, that can prevent firefighters from reaching your home.
  • Never mow when the NFDRS fire danger rating is High to Extreme. Sparks from mowers can cause fires!
  • Make sure your address is easily readable from the street.​
  • Remove all dead trees, branches and bushes within your property line.
  • Be prepared to evacuate with a 20 minute warning; Only important papers, pets, overnight kit and yourselves!
  • People that are injured or die in forest fires are the ones that panic or make unwise choices that place additional, unnecessary burdens on already stressed emergency services.
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Wildfires destroy hundreds of homes and acres of land every year across the country. Fire-wise planning is an effective tool that creates an area of defensible space between your home and flammable vegetation to protect against devastating fires.

The United States Fire Administration encourages you to keep fire safety at the forefront by learning how to maintain your property to minimize possible fire damage and slow fires if they start. Fire safety is your personal responsibility. Fire Stops With You!

Quick Fixes

These are relatively inexpensive solutions easily carried out by the home or property owner. No matter which zone of hazard, these should be performed immediately, not when a fire is approaching.

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